The anniversary rose is a good choice for warmer climates. Four Roses Distillery has partnered with grower Jackson & Perkins to launch a special edition rose to commemorate the brand’s 130th anniversary. “Four red roses have been synonymous with our brand since the legend began in 1888,” said Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott. “The Jackson & Perkins Four Roses Anniversary Rose is graceful, colorful and elegant, reminding us of the Southern belle who so long ago responded to Paul Jones Jr.’s proposal by wearing a corsage of four red roses to the grand ball. Jones later named his bourbon company ‘Four Roses’ as a symbol of his devout passion for his lovely belle.” Wes Harvell, Jackson & Perkins garden manager, said it’s a vigorous and easy-to-grow floribunda rose that’s heat tolerant and resistant to rust and powdery mildew, meaning it’s a good choice for warmer climates. “The blooms of this rose are exquisitely formed, fade-proof, and emit a lovely damask fragrance,” Harvell said. “Once they open, the blooms are 3- to 4-inches wide and comprised of 20 to 25 deep red petals. These blooms arrive in early summer and keep on going in waves all season long, especially if promptly deadheaded.” The rose is available through www.jacksonandperkins.com and will retail for $26.95. The plants will begin shipping in September to different climactic zones at the appropriate time for planting. The anniversary rose will become part of the permanent landscape at the Four Roses Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
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